The city of Lithonia in Georgia is the best place to go for outdoor activities because of its rich cultural heritage.
Your trip to Lithonia will never be complete if you don’t visit the land that took 400 million years to form, the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, located on the eastern side of Atlanta.
The more than 2,000-acre Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area (NHA) consists of the Arabia Mountain, the Panola Mountain State Park, three lakes, rivers, fields and forests.
If you love the outdoors, the heritage area is certainly the best place for you.
There are a variety of ways at the Arabia Mountain NHA where you can enjoy the outdoors. You can do hiking and biking, or go paddling and floating at the lake.
You can also go camping at the two monadnock mountains – the Arabia Mountain and the Panola Mountain.
If you like hiking, conquer the top of the Arabia Mountain passing through rivers and creeks and capture the panoramic view of the mountain summit amid the sweet smell of pines.
Or ride on your bike and follow the Arabia Mountain Path, a 30-mile concrete bike trail, boardwalk and bridges constructed by the Path Foundation.
Ride through the curved boardwalk on Alexander Lake and pass through a serpentine bridge and a 500-foot bridge spanning the South River.
Get a good view of the sunset at the Panola Mountain. Although the mountain’s summit is off limits to the public due the presence of fragile plants on the surface, you can still watch the beautiful sunset from a secluded mountaintop.
If you are with your kids, let them enjoy hunting small treasures hidden in one of 60 geocaches spread along the 30-mile Arabia Mountain Path trail using a handheld GPS or smartphone app. This is definitely a fun activity that you will enjoy too.
If you are energetic and a quick climber, join tree top excursions at the Panola Mountain State Park where you are tasked to climb onto a 100-foot tree with a harness and see the panoramic view of Alexander Lake.
Or if you like to run, there’s the five-mile Panola Mountain path trail that passes through the pine forest via a long and curved boardwalk. Running is definitely a good cardiac exercise for you.
You can also try archery at the Panola State Park archery range, which has in-house instructors to help you learn the basics.
Cap off your visit at the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area with a camp out at the primitive campsites inside the Panola Mountain State Park.
With all these activities waiting for you at Lithonia, you are assured that your next visit will be more fun and memorable.